Joseph-Octave Plessis

(1763—1825) Roman Catholic archbishop of Quebec

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(1763–1825). Born in Montreal, Plessis received his formal education at the Suplician primary school, the Collège Saint-Raphael, and the Petit Séminaire de Quebec. In 1780 he was tonsured and three years later began a 15-year term as secretary to successive bishops. He was ordained in 1786, appointed pastor of Notre-Dame in Montreal in 1792, named coadjutor to Bishop Denaut in 1797, and became bishop of Quebec in 1806. In 1817 he was appointed to the legislative council.


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Subjects: History of the Americas.

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